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MINOT, N.D. - A wrongful death civil lawsuit against Trinity Hospital and emergency room Dr. Jeffrey Sather asking for $50,000 or more is in the process of being settled. Melissa Ann Mandan, who lives in Mountrail County, sued the hospital and Dr. Sather after her mother, 49-year-old Jennifer Fyten, who was a lawyer for the Three Affiliated Tribes, was found dead in her home on Dec. 25, 2013. According to Mandan's complaint, her mother had gone to the hospital earlier that day complaining of radiating chest, back and shoulder pain and flu-like symptoms.
MINOT, N.D.—A 26-year-old Minot man is now charged with accomplice to attempted murder, a Class A felony, in the shooting of a man at a Minot residence on Jan. 7. Randolph Dashiell Garbutt had previously been charged with robbery and burglary, both Class B felonies, in connection with a weekend crime spree. Garbutt is being held on $1 million bond in the Ward County Jail.
MINOT—A 34-year-old Minot man has been accused of dragging a horse down a road as it was tied by a rope to a stock trailer and later striking another man in the head with the butt of his rifle and cutting him with a knife. Cody Lynn Sundby, 34, is charged with animal cruelty, a Class C felony, and two counts of aggravated assault, both Class C felonies, in district court in McHenry County.
WEST FARGO—The West Fargo City Commission does not expect to act on the fate of Police Chief Mike Reitan, who is on paid administrative leave, at its regular meeting Monday night, Jan. 16, but officials say they do not expect Reitan will return as chief. Reitan, however, said in an interview on Monday that he'd consider returning to work and called the leave of absence unexpected.
GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks police have arrested a 30-year-old man suspected in two hit-and-runs two minutes apart Saturday morning. Victor Garzamarichalar, of Grand Forks, was arrested and charged Saturday with driving under the influence of alcohol, twice leaving the scene, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and following too closely.
BISMARCK,N.D.–North Dakota Superintendent of Schools Kirsten Baesler announced Thursday that the first draft of North Dakota’s new state plan to improve education is available for public review and comment.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Highway Patrol issued a warning Wednesday that motorists should be careful driving when encountering snow fog or blowing snow. The patrol said two separate injury crashes occurred from because of those conditions.
MINOT, N.D.—A hearing for an accused murderer was rescheduled Wednesday to Feb. 15 to give his new lawyer more time to research the case. Johnny Cleveland Norwood, 26, Minot, is charged with murder in the death of Roger Falana, 30, on Nov. 29, 2015. His lawyer, Misty Nehring of Williston, told North Central District Court Judge Richard Hagar that she was only assigned to the case in November.
DEVILS LAKE—Two inmates of the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center did not return to the jail's Residential Reentry Center after being allowed to leave Tuesday. According to a news release from the jail, Brendon Scott Belgarde Jr., 22, left the center to go to his job at Marco's Pizza and did not return by 10:30 p.m. By midnight he was still absent and considered by the jail to have absconded.